Biodiesel for Bands is a nonprofit professional membership association whose mission is to help performers tour safely, affordably and sustainably by providing education, affordable vehicles, biodiesel fuel and professional support.
BFB MEMBER BANDS
MAMA LENNY AND THE REMEDY
BETTER THAN BACON
MATT MAHERN AND CONSTITUTION
FIERCE BAD RABBIT
JARED & THE MILL
Rich With Friends
Lindsey O'Brien Band
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Avogadro's Number is a cornerstone of the Northern Colorado Music Scene. As their saying goes, "Welcome to Avo's: where the people are friendly, the drinks are cold, and every seat is the best seat in the house!"
FoCoMA.org provides education, support, and networking opportunities for the Fort Collins music community. FoCoMA.org will bring together the Fort Collins music community and inspire it to create great music while bringing greater awareness to all of its musical endeavors.
The Mishawaka is a legendary music venue, restaurant and bar located in the stunning Poudre Canyon in Bellvue, CO. 'The Mish' can be found 13.7 miles up the Poudre Canyon Highway (CO 14). The Highway begins approximately 10 miles northwest of
Rocky Mountain Music Network
Servicing Colorado's media and event talent buyers with Colorado talent for airplay and/or performances. 20% off of full service package of 120 packages + one year of consulting on matters related to band/artist business (normally $1200).
The company designed with artists in mind. Explore the services of Yellowbright, all crafted to help musicians promote, market, navigate, and shine in today's evolving entertainment industry. Free consultation and 30% off services for all BFB members
Go West is a high quality, environmentally friendly, wholesale screen print company in Fort Collins, Colorado. We print all types of garments, but we specialize in organic cotton and sustainable apparel. We are committed to the highest quality of garment screen printing and embroidery while leaving the smallest possible environmental footprint.
Krysl Audio is dedicated to your music and helping you realize your vision. Robb has worked with artists including Ben Harper, Ryan Adams, Divided Heaven, A Fine Frenzy and will bring the same attention to detail and focus to your project.
BFB Member Bands receive 20% off the following services:
Passionately planning, booking, photographing, designing graphics for, and promoting glorious events of all kinds!
Magic Bus Tours
What to do in Fort Collins? Take a Magic Bus Tour! Magic Bus Tours gives fun and informative tours around Fort Collins, Colorado on foot, by bus and by Murphy Bike. 50% off one night local transportation on Magic Bus for BFB band members.
A-Train Marketing Communications Inc.
A-Train is a multi-headed marketing maestro. As a result, all aspects of your marketing and outreach work as one to support your goals and drive results. BFB Members receive Free consultation and 30% off services.
Leapin' Lizard Labels
Leapin’ Lizard Labels is a label printer of pressure-sensitive (self-stick) labels for small businesses. We want to help make products eye-catching and irresistible, giving them a look that will bring the product brand to life and help the products fly off the shelves into the hands of eager consumers. Plus, we make it easy for you to speak with our owner at any time you need! Just contact us and we would be more than happy to chat about your specific label printing needs. Pretty cool, eh?
Sauce is here to help you, ‘do what you love and eat at the same time’! From art and music to enterprise and nonprofit organizations, we’re invested in your success. We offer BFB Bands Free consultation on Promotion and Public Relations focusing on copy, press, social media, street team and merchandise sales and 20% off on the
• Poster and Handbill Distribution
• Street Team Promotion
• Band Merch and Sales
• Stage Décor and Setup
• (Package prices from $150-$1500)
2 Fat Farmer Productions LLC
2 Fat Farmers is dedicated to providing unique local talent for Northern Colorado events. We offer an extensive list of services and the creativity to personalize small or large entertainment and special events. Free consultation and 20% off management start up services from Two Fat Farmers Productions for BFB Band Members
The Leier Law Office LLC
Life can feel truly overwhelming when you have been accused of a crime. A criminal charge can have a significant effect on your future, so it is essential to turn to an experienced attorney who is dedicated to protecting your rights. Biodiesel for Band Members get a free consultation and 20% minimum off legal services if, heaven forbid, it is needed.
Fort Collins Chamber Music Society
We are a non-profit group of classically trained musicians. We play traditionally hip music in non-traditional places.
Ehren Crumpler Freelance Graphic Designer
I am a freelance graphic designer with 17 years experience and a focus on the entertainment industry. I specialize in fully interactive, parallax scrolling web design, print design and band marketing. BFB members receive a $10 discount off of my standard hourly rate.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Biodiesel?
Biodiesel is the name of a clean burning alternative fuel, produced from domestic, renewable resources. Biodiesel contains no petroleum, but it can be blended at any level with petroleum diesel to create a biodiesel blend. It can be used in compression-ignition (diesel) engines with little or no modifications. Biodiesel is simple to use, biodegradable, nontoxic, and essentially free of sulfur and aromatics.
Is Biodiesel the same thing as raw vegetable oil?
Biodiesel is produced from any fat or oil such as soybean oil, through a refinery process called transesterification. This process is a reaction of the oil with an alcohol to remove the glycerin, which is a by-product of biodiesel production. Fuel-grade biodiesel must be produced to strict industry specifications (ASTM D6751) in order to insure proper performance. Biodiesel is the only alternative fuel to have fully completed the health effects testing requirements of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. Biodiesel that meets ASTM D6751 and is legally registered with the Environmental Protection Agency is a legal motor fuel for sale and distribution. Raw vegetable oil cannot meet biodiesel fuel specifications, it is not registered with the EPA, and it is not a legal motor fuel.
For entities seeking to adopt a definition of biodiesel for purposes such as federal or state statute, state or national divisions of weights and measures, or for any other purpose, the official definition consistent with other federal and state laws and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) guidelines is as follows:
Biodiesel is defined as mono-alkyl esters of long chain fatty acids derived from vegetable oils or animal fats which conform to ASTM D6751 specifications for use in diesel engines. Biodiesel refers to the pure fuel before blending with diesel fuel. Biodiesel blends are denoted as, "BXX" with "XX" representing the percentage of biodiesel contained in the blend (ie: B20 is 20% biodiesel, 80% petroleum diesel).
Is it approved for use in the US?
Biodiesel is registered as a fuel and fuel additive with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and meets clean diesel standards established by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Neat (100 percent) biodiesel has been designated as an alternative fuel by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the US Department of Transportation (DOT).
What is the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS-2) and why is it important for biodiesel?
The RFS program was created under the Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 2005, and established the first renewable fuel volume mandate in the United States. Under the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007, the RFS program was expanded and now specifies four unique categories of renewable fuel: cellulosic biofuel, biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel and total renewable fuel.
Biodiesel qualifies for both the biomass-based diesel category and the advanced biofuel category by achieving a life-cycle Green House Gas (GHG) emissions-reduction of at least 50 percent compared to baseline petroleum.
The RFS-2 requires a minimum of 1 billion gallons of biomass-based diesel be used annually between 2011 and 2022. It also requires the country use no less than 21 billion gallons of advanced biofuels by 2022. Biodiesel qualifies for compliance under both categories.
What makes biodiesel America’s Advanced biofuel?
Biodiesel is the first fuel commercially produced nationwide that meets the U.S. EPA’s definition of an Advanced Biofuel.
Advanced biofuel is defined as a renewable fuel other than ethanol derived from cornstarch. The advanced biofuel category can apply to a variety of fuels, including biomass-based diesel, biogas, butanol or other alcohols and fuels derived from cellulosic biomass. Both advanced biofuel and biomass-based diesel must meet a life-cycle Green House Gas (GHG) emission-reduction threshold of 50 percent, and must be manufactured from feedstock meeting the definition of renewable biomass.
A fuel's life-cycle GHG emissions are defined as the aggregate emissions attributed to all components of fuel production and use, including feedstock production and distribution, fuel production, delivery, use and significant indirect emissions from land use change. The full life-cycle emissions level of a particular fuel is measured against a baseline fossil fuel in order to determine its GHG emissions reduction threshold.
Is biodiesel used as a pure fuel or is it blended with petroleum diesel?
Biodiesel can be used as a pure fuel or blended with petroleum in any percentage. B20 (a blend of 20 percent by volume biodiesel with 80 percent by volume petroleum diesel) has demonstrated significant environmental benefits with a minimum increase in cost for fleet operations and other consumers.
How much biodiesel has been produced in the US?
The National Biodiesel Board has released the following production volume
estimates for the US, per calendar year:
2013 -- 1.3 billion gallons
2012 -- 1.1 billion gallons
2011 -- 1.07 billion gallons
2010 -- 315 million gallons
2009 -- 545 million gallons
2008 -- 691 million gallons
2007 -- 500 million gallons
2006 -- 224 million gallons
2005 -- 112 million gallons
How do biodiesel emissions compare to petroleum diesel?
Biodiesel is the only alternative fuel to have fully completed the health effects testing requirements of the Clean Air Act. The use of biodiesel in a conventional diesel engine not equipped with new diesel aftertreatment results in substantial reduction of unburned hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, and particulate matter compared to emissions from diesel fuel. In addition, the exhaust emissions of sulfur oxides and sulfates (major components of acid rain) from biodiesel are essentially eliminated compared to higher sulfur diesel. Of the major exhaust pollutants, both unburned hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides are ozone or smog forming precursors. The use of biodiesel in diesel engines not equipped with new diesel aftertreatment results in a substantial reduction of unburned hydrocarbons. Emissions of nitrogen oxides are either slightly reduced or slightly increased depending on the duty cycle of the engine and testing methods used. Based on engine testing, using the most stringent emissions testing protocols required by EPA for certification of fuels or fuel additives in the US, the overall ozone forming potential of the speciated hydrocarbon emissions from biodiesel was nearly 50 percent less than that measured for diesel fuel. New Technology Diesel Engines (i.e. those with PM traps and SCR technology required for on-road applications in the US after 2010) reduce emissions of BOTH PM and NOx with B20 over 90% than 2004 model year and make NTDEs as clean or cleaner than either gasoline or natural gas fueled engines. And use of low carbon B20 in NTDEs make them the clean, green technology of the future.
Do I need special storage facilities?
In general, the standard storage and handling procedures used for petroleum diesel can be used for biodiesel. The fuel should be stored in a clean, dry, dark environment. Acceptable storage tank materials include aluminum, steel, fluorinated polyethylene, fluorinated polypropylene and teflon. Copper, brass, lead, tin, and zinc should be avoided.
Does biodiesel cost more than other alternative fuels?
When reviewing the high costs associated with other alternative fuel systems, many fleet managers have determined biodiesel is their least-cost-strategy to comply with state and federal regulations. Use of biodiesel does not require major engine modifications. That means operators keep their fleets, their spare parts inventories, their refueling stations and their skilled mechanics. The only thing that changes is air quality.
Can I use biodiesel in my existing diesel engine?
Biodiesel can be operated in any diesel engine with little or no modification to the engine or the fuel system. Biodiesel has a solvent effect that may release deposits accumulated on tank walls and pipes from previous diesel fuel storage. The release of deposits may clog filters initially and precautions should be taken. Ensure that only fuel meeting the biodiesel specification is used.
Can biodiesel help mitigate “global warming”?
A 1998 biodiesel lifecycle study, jointly sponsored by the US Department of Energy and the US Department of Agriculture, concluded biodiesel reduces net CO² emissions by 78 percent compared to petroleum diesel. This is due to biodiesel’s closed carbon cycle. The CO² released into the atmosphere when biodiesel is burned is recycled by growing plants, which are later processed into fuel. Is biodiesel safer than petroleum diesel? Scientific research confirms that biodiesel exhaust has a less harmful impact on human health than petroleum diesel fuel. Biodiesel emissions have decreased levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) and nitrited PAH compounds that have been identified as potential cancer causing compounds. Test results indicate PAH compounds were reduced by 75 to 85 percent, with the exception of benzo(a)anthracene, which was reduced by roughly 50 percent. Targeted nPAH compounds were also reduced dramatically with biodiesel fuel, with 2-nitrofluorene and 1-nitropyrene reduced by 90 percent, and the rest of the nPAH compounds reduced to only trace levels.
Where can I purchase biodiesel?
Biodiesel can be made available anywhere in the US. Contact Biodiesel for Bands if you're planning a tour and look to fuel with biodiesel along your route.
DID YOU KNOW BFB IS FOR FANS TOO?
You can become a fan member to receive numerous valuable benefits, including ticket giveaways, discounts on party bus rentals, and more!
BFB FAN Status for 2014/2015 is only $40!
BFB FANS are music fans that want to contribute to the cause of sustainable touring and receive fantastic benefits for doing so. You'll receive invitations to certain events and meetings including free admission to our annual Membership Conference and Party for both 2014 and 2015. You'll also have access to pre-sale and discount benefits for concerts and events, and ticket giveaways.
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THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO ATTENDED
OUR ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP PARTY!
Thank you so, so much to Hunter at Sauce for planning, making it happen, and cleaning up. Thanks to Fort Collins Chamber Music Society for all of their help and for sounding so good. Thank you to Higher Ground Rehearsal Studios for hosting. Thank you to Hog Wild BBQ for the awesome food andNew Belgium Brewing for the great beer. Thanks to Magic Bus Tours for providing the shuttle and getting people home safely. Thanks to Patti Fiasco, Matthew Mahern and Constitution, and DJ Knotty K for the entertainment. Thanks to A-Train Marketing, Left Lane Communications, LLC, KRFC 88.9fm, Colorado Hemp Company, The Leier Law Office, LLC, The Smiling Monkey Sauce Company, Happy Heart Farm, Magnolia Studios, Zero Hero, Crankensteins and Scene Magazine of Northern Colorado for all of their support. We can't wait to do it again next year.
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